'Star Wars' actor Mayhew has surgery on knees

'Star Wars' actor Mayhew has surgery on knees

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Chewbacca the Wookiee from "Star Wars" greets the press at the re-opening of "Star Tours" at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, on May 20, 2011. (Tish Wells/MCT via Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

khou.com

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 3:59 PM

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Actor Peter Mayhew, who portrayed towering Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" films, has had double knee-replacement surgery at a Texas hospital.

Mayhew was recovering Wednesday at Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth. Angie Mayhew says her 69-year-old husband had the surgery Monday and hopes to walk again. She says her spouse has been using a wheelchair for two years.

Angie Mayhew says her husband also had a tendon-stretching procedure to stabilize his legs. Peter Mayhew was born with a condition known as gigantism, which causes excessive growth. He's 7 feet 3 inches tall.

The British-born actor's medical issues will be the subject of an upcoming documentary, "Standing in the Stars -- The Peter Mayhew Story."

The Mayhews live in Boyd, about 20 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

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